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Our top stories from 2021

At the Perham Focus, we are honored to share the unique and compelling local stories of our community and work hard to keep you informed. In 2021, we published more than 1,000 articles sharing the news and stories that matter to you. As we welcome a new year, let’s reflect on some of the top stories from 2021 that connected our community.

Perham man makes miraculous recovery from COVID-19 after about 100 days on ventilator

After becoming exhausted from picking up leaves outside, Ray Schmitz, 87, felt even worse the following day. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent 100 days on a ventilator. Now, Ray is on his journey to recovery.

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Where do they come from, where do they go? – The woman behind Perham’s turtles

A lot of people wonder where the turtles from the Perham’s turtle races go between their races. They don’t go far – Perham Area Chamber of Commerce’s information and visitor coordinator, Sandy Palubicki, takes care of the turtles when they’re not racing, feeding them turtle pellets and minnows.

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Couple moves from the big city to run an Otter Tail County resort

A year ago, Angie and Jamie Nelson bought Shady Grove Resort and Blue Bubble Laundry, which they renamed to Wishy Washy Laundry at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the move, they’ve fallen in love with their new community and businesses.

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Beryl Novak has lived alone in his one-room deer shack for 44 years. That’s the way he likes it.

Since 1977 Beryl Novak has called the northern woods of Minnesota home. After purchasing 40 acres of land and moving a one-room shack to the site for deer hunting, Novak liked it so much he moved in for good.

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Giant muskie pulled through the ice from unexpected lake near Alexandria in most unusual of ways

After setting up a Vexilar sonar unit to help catch sunfish, a group of locals shockingly reel in a 50-inch muskie in a lake not known for such fish.

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